In my experience Edelbrocks are much easier to tune for cold starts, and do a much better job than holleys, BUT I have a bias towards those on any basic street engine anyway.
My 2.3L Bobcat has a edelbrock 600 (1406) with a single plane intake, header, and locked timing, that I've retuned and you just give it one little squirt with the accelerator pump and turn the key. The idle starts at about 800 and when its warm will climb to about 1000. Absolutely no start issues at all.
It is a little fussy on off idle tip in when its cold, but after a few minutes of driving it performs flawlessly.